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Planning for Eldercare Services in the New Year

Jan 11, 2018 by Kelly Lindell

Make an effort this year to find the best care solution for your aging loved one

Early January is one of the most depressing times of the year. Getting back to work and the daily grind is difficult after taking some time off and spending days with family and friends that you do not get to see very often. The post-holiday season is particularly difficult for seniors who are no longer working and lead pretty solitary lives. Humans are social beings and losing companionship is frankly, quite painful. Thankfully, with companionship eldercare services, your loved one can feel less alone.

Many people believe that eldercare services encompass only services like feeding and toileting assistance, mobility and transportation services and help with grooming and hygiene. However, that could not be farther from the truth. Quality eldercare services include companionship care, which encompasses conversation and spending time with your loved one, and that could be just the thing to help get them over that bump.

As you are thinking about your New Year's resolution, it may be a good idea to consider how eldercare services could help your loved one live a more fulfilled life and increase their quality of life. As it may be difficult to decide when the exact time to get a caregiver for your loved one is, we have put together a list of warning signs that it may be time to look into options in your area. This year, make your New Year's resolution to help your loved one live better.

Let's take a look:

  • Forgetfulness: We all forget things sometimes, but your loved one may have started showing signs of alarming memory loss. This may be a sign of dementia or Alzheimer's disease and you should look into eldercare services as soon as possible.
  • Hygiene: As seniors lose some of their strength and ability, they may start having problems with hygiene. As smelling good or showering does not seem essential to staying alive, it is easy to fall behind and let yourself go. With a caregiver around, your loved one can stick to a routine and stay safe. 
  • Clutter: A cluttered, unclean home is unsafe in more ways than one. Your loved one may run a higher risk of injury if their home is very messy or unhygienic.
  • Frequent Injuries: If you have noticed that your loved one is becoming more clumsy and injuring themselves or falling more often, it is time to start looking into how to keep them safe as they age. 

 

Comfort Keepers offers in home care and senior care to the surrounding areas of Minnesota:

Minneapolis, Edina, Mounds View, New Brighton, Golden Valley, Roseville, Crystal, Columbia Heights, New Hope, Fridley, Brooklyn Center, W. Coon Rapids, Hopkins, Nokomis, Minnetonka, Champlin, St. Louis Park, New Hope, Brooklyn Park, Wayzata, Orono, Plymouth, Mound and Shorewood.

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